Place Management in Japan

Calendar 15 February 2019
Time 3.00 pm – 4.30 pm. Registration from 2.30pm, seated by 3.00pm 
Location  URA Function Hall, 5th Storey, The URA Centre, 45 Maxwell Road, Singapore 069118
Calendar Office Attire
rsvp Free event. RSVP required.
cpd 2 SIP CPD pts.

Seats at the Function Hall are available on a first come first serve basis. Once the Function Hall is full, additional seats with live streaming will be provided at the White Room, 3rd Storey.


Lecture Poster (459 KB)
Dr Yasui Miki's Slides (3.4MB)
Mr Fujii Hiroaki's Slides (5.3MB)
Ms Takada Azusa's Slides (2MB)


Can place management promote economic growth in societies with an ageing or shrinking population? In Japan, a coordinated multi-stakeholder approach has become more important for local area growth marketing, area-based placemaking, and visitor hospitality. “Area Management” organizations, together with national and local governments, have introduced new partnership models to let them manage public spaces such as streets, parks or privately-owned public spaces.

In this lecture, Dr Yasui Miki will introduce how area management has been organized in Japan, what policies have worked, and which partnership models have been successful.


Dr Yasui Miki

Professor, Hosei University
Vice-Chair, Japan Area Management Network
Board member, IDA International Downtown Association

Dr Miki Yasui is a Professor from Hosei University and an expert in the area of community management, urban governance, public private partnerships and social integration of urban communities. She is an active member of the national alliance of Area Management Organizations and is the current Vice-Chair of the Board. Dr Yasui has also served on many governmental councils and committees, including the Discussion Committee for New Urban Management by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) of Japan.



Mr Fujii Hiroaki 

General Manager, 
Area Management Promotion Office, 
Urban Development Promotion Department, 
Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd

Mr Hiroaki Fujii is the General Manager for the Area Management Promotion Office of Mitsubishi Estate Co. Ltd. He is also an Executive Officer for both the OMY Area Management Association and Japan Area Management Network. He is experienced in the field of investment and real estate, having been the Managing Director for Mitsubishi Estate in London and Tokyo. He graduated from Hitotsubashi University with a bachelor’s degree in Law in 1985.


Ms Takada Azusa 

Assistant Manager, 
Urban Management Division, 
Hankyu Hanshin Properties Corp

Ms Azusa Takada is the Assistant Manager for the Urban Management Division of Hankyu Hanshin Holdings Group. She is experienced in the field of real estate, with numerous projects, including the development and management of the Grand Front Osaka Shopping Complex and the regional activation of the Hanshin Railway. She also serves as the secretariat of the Umeda Area Management Alliance.



Mr Tanikawa Taku

Senior Manager, Unit Leader
Area Management Promotion Office, Urban Development Promotion Department and Tokiwabashi Development Department
Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd.

Mr Taku Tanikawa is the Senior Manager and Unit Leader for the Area Management Promotion Office of Mitsubishi Estate Co. Ltd. His work is focused on Area Management for business and development projects in the Marunouchi Area. He graduated the University of Tokyo with a bachelor’s degree in Urban Engineering in 2003.


Ms Chou Mei 

Group Director (Conservation & Urban Design)
Urban Redevelopment Authority

Ms Chou Mei has been with URA since 2000 and has been involved in the planning and shaping of Singapore’s city centre. Her portfolio in recent years has included driving and overseeing various projects in the city centre via the integration of land use, urban design and conversation. She received her training in Architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London.

Poster Image Courtesy of Professor Miki Yasui